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Luster Bowl with Winged Horse

Object Name:
late 12th century
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze
H. 3 1/4 in (8.3 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
In the twelfth century, potters emigrating from Egypt or Syria introduced luster‑painted ceramics to Iran. Consequently, early luster production in Iran shares characteristics with lusterwares made in Fatimid Egypt. The monumental quality of this bowl’s design, the large‑scale winged horse reserved in white against a clearly distinguished luster ground, and the festooned border all demonstrate this connection.
Inscription: العز glory

[ Tabbagh Frères, Paris and New York, until 1916; sold to MMA]
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